The American Federation of Arts | New Museum
AFA ArtViews - New York
Digital Space / Physical Space:
Mapping the 21st – Century Museum
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Theater at the New Museum, New York City
4–6 p.m panel discussion
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Historically, art museums have been physical spaces—typically, buildings—devoted to preserving artworks and making them visually available to people who walk through their doors. In the past few decades, technology has increasingly transformed museum spaces, affecting everything from how we care for and interpret objects to how we conceptualize exhibitions. The most profound shifts, perhaps, relate to audiences: unbounded by physical geography, digital technologies make it possible for museums to share experiences and information with people around the world. Yet what is being shared? Websites, apps, and even collections databases are spaces with physical, aesthetic, and cultural logics of their own. For users, they may function as surrogates for or complements to physical visits to a museum; in either case they provide new ways to present content. This panel will examine the unique possibilities of digital engagement, reflecting on existing and potential relationships between digital and physical space.
Established in 2012, ArtViews is an annual series of lively discussions on critical issues in the museum world.
Steven Mann: Associate Director for Exhibitions and Programs, American Federation of Arts
Piotr Adamczyk: Program Manager, Google Cultural Institute
Lauren Cornell: Curator, 2015 Triennial, Museum as Hub and Digital Projects, New Museum
Jennifer Foley: Director of Interpretation, Cleveland Museum of Art
Sree Sreenivasan: Chief Digital Officer, Metropolitan Museum of Art
"Digital Space / Physical Space: Mapping the 21st-Century Museum" is organized by the American Federation of Arts in association with the Association of Art Museum Directors and the Arts & Business Council of New York.
Generous funding is provided by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, the Leon Levy Foundation, and Agnes Gund.
The Arts & Business Council of New York (ABC/NY) fosters creative partnerships between the arts and business communities in New York, enhancing the business skills of the arts sector and promoting creative engagement within the business sector. ABC/NY accomplishes this mission through programming in volunteer, leadership, and professional development, while promoting the arts' role in economic revitalization. ABC/NY is a division of Americans for the Arts. For more information, visit www.ArtsandBusiness-NY.org.
The Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) promotes the vital role of art museums throughout North America and advances the profession by cultivating leadership and communicating standards of excellence in museum practice. For more information, visit www.aamd.org.
The American Federation of Arts